This is an attractive property as seen from the highway, centrally located for beach and birding activity. The town of High Island is quiet, and views of the Gulf and surrounding wetlands are great. The food in the grill is good, and the rooms appear clean.
However: Our room was "secured" only by a floppy doorknob with a gouged-out keyhole. The gap along the edge of the door freely admitted mosquitoes and highway noise. The mattress was thin enough to feel the springs, with bedding that tangled during a nights sleep. No phone, refrigerator, microwave, internet, or coffee pot...although each room is different, and they are apparently a work in progress.
We left our room for dinner one evening while motel employees were hammering and sawing in the next room. Returned a few hours later to find our door standing wide open and the overhead lights on. When asked about this, the owner said that she had noticed the open door, but just assumed we were there, and made no inquiry. Next night, a small bag of dollar store purchases was accidentally left in an unlocked vehicle. The next morning, the only thing missing was a pair of toddlers shoes.
While I fully support pet-friendly motels and shoestring budgets, I was dismayed to see that the owner's dogs had the run of the Grill while it is closed. The weather was gorgeous and warm, but the pool was dirty. We were confused with Spring breakers and expected to leave a day early, although again...no one inquired...until checkout time.
The place served it's purpose for the price, but we left with the creepy feeling of having had our belongings snooped through. Won't go back.
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- Also Known As:
- Gulfway Hotel High Island
- Gulfway Motel High Island, Texas